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Elgin mom pleas for return of stolen wheelchair

September 17, 2010 8:15:56 PM PDT
An Elgin mother is pleading for the person who stole her daughter's wheelchair to return it. She calls it a lifeline for the teenager.

Natalie Chastain has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around.

Friday morning, Chastain's mother left the wheelchair in driveway of the family's home and went inside to help Natalie put on her coat. When she returned the wheelchair was gone.

Natalie has a second power wheelchair. But, without a ramp, the family can't bring it into the house.

Natalie speaks with a computer and expressed frustration over the theft..

"I'm a normal teen that likes to go out with friends, and I use that chair to go everywhere," she said. "Now what am I supposed to do? Stay home all the time?"

Without the wheelchair, Natalie's mother says, the high school senior will probably have to cancel plans to visit several colleges.


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